Teaching Family History

A Resource Guide for Family History Teachers

Teaching Family History provided a simple and effective outline for teaching others to become involved in family history work. The approach was built on a vision of helping everyone to do family history work by going to their homes, finding out about their circumstances, and working on their own family history. Along the way, the booklet taught the reasons for doing family history work, responded to common excuses about lack of involvement, and built excitement that comes from discovering information about one’s own family.

Teaching Family History was published by the BYU Center for Family History & Genealogy in three print editions that all rapidly sold out. With the advent of New FamilySearch, the Center transformed the pamphlet into a web-based resource called the Family History Companion.

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—LuAnn, Arizona

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—Reviewer, LDS Family History Department

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—George, Oklahoma

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—Teresa, Indiana

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